Note from Estelle: Last year, I had the pleasure of hosting some lovely writers around the web in my first ever Valentine’s Day series. Honestly, I’m not much a fan of this particular holiday but we have to keep February exciting somehow, don’t we? The LOVE METER series is all about the compatibility of the characters we have come to know and (possibly) adore in our favorite Disney and Pixar movies. I’ve recruited a whole new set of writers, and today launches the second leg of this series! Hope you enjoy!
Up first, Brittany:
Aladdin has always been one of my favorite Disney movies but I think it stands to ask… How compatible are Aladdin and Jasmine really?
Aladdin and Jasmine first meet in the marketplace and Aladdin saves her from losing a hand. I don’t care who you are, if someone saves you from getting your hand chopped off, you’re going to form a bond with them, whether you like it or not. (Also it doesn’t hurt that Aladdin is easy on the eyes and wearing nothing but MC Hammer pants and a vest.) The important thing here is Aladdin is a kind soul. Despite his tough upbringing and growing up with only a monkey for a friend and family, Aladdin always helps others when he can. (Did he just give those kids his bread after he went through a whole musical number to steal it? SOMETHING IN MY EYE.) Jasmine can easily see this (and let’s face it — she needs Aladdin. Her attempt to be kind almost got her hand chopped off!) and so, right off the bat, she’s already warming up to him.
Let’s bring up the obvious thing here though… Both Aladdin and Jasmine are lying to each other. BIG lies. Aladdin didn’t know that Jasmine was a princess when they first met and Jasmine didn’t know that Prince Ali was Aladdin with they first “met”. Come on, kids, don’t you know that changing yourself for someone never works!?
Through a series of pretending to be someone else, mistaken identities, evil villains, and magic wishes, Jasmine and Aladdin finally come clean with each other and it’s then that they realize social status shouldn’t matter. They started to fall in love because they shared common interests and really, isn’t that what’s important in a relationship? They end up finding out how much they love spending time together, Jasmine adores Aladdin’s passion for his friends (a.k.a. Abu, the carpet, and Genie) and Aladdin admires Jasmine’s courage and independence especially when standing up against an arranged marriage even though it’s the law. When it comes down to it, they just work well together. They have a great banter and don’t have to worry about hurting each other’s feelings.
So will Jasmine and Aladdin work in the long run? I say yes. Throughout their story in Aladdin, they’re just kids. Aladdin tries to force love and thinks he needs to change himself for it to happen. Jasmine is stubborn and refuses to do anything unless she personally chooses it. They both grow from this crazy experience and honestly, taking down a supremely evil villain has to bring you closer, right? They were both able and willing to forgive each other for all of the lying about their true identities because really, it was all for love and that was the end goal for both of them. With a little more maturity and some patience, their relationship can totally stand the test of time.